THE Country Alliance is all about common sense, simplification
of government and cutting red tape.
It was revealed last week that the party was running a candidate in all three of Ballarat’s marginal seats.
Candidate for Buninyong James Keays said he was passionate about the continued use of recreational facilities.
He said residents were being locked out of national parks, so they were unable to fish, shoot or camp in the areas.
“Once people know who we are and what we stand for, all of a sudden there is a swing and people say, ‘Oh well, we like that, that sounds pretty good’,” he said.
Candidate for Wendouree John Buchholz echoed Mr Keays, saying there were multiple issues in Ballarat where red tape was impacting on facilities, highlighting the Ballarat Aerodrome and the botanical gardens as examples.
“There is a big need in funding here (the gardens); they are having problems with maintenance and upkeep of the conservatorium and fernery,” he said.
Mr Buchholz said they had so far received a positive reaction from the community.
City of Ballarat general manager city infrastructure Eric Braslis said there had been no funding cuts to the gardens.
“Council is working with the Friends of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens to implement the visionary plan for the gardens recently adopted by council, which also includes the rebuilding of the former fernery building and the employment of an education officer,” he said.